What Now? Remind Me

Documentary and personal essay are inadequate labels for this profound autobiographical opus by Portuguese filmmaker Joaquim Pinto; like Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil (1983) or Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville’s Soft and Hard (1985), the film uses self-inquiry to divine what it means to be alive at this point in history. Pinto, who’s been living with HIV since the mid-90s and hepatitis C since the early 2000s, shot this over a year during which he underwent an experimental medical treatment. Diaristic passages about his declining health are interwoven with meditations on science, religion, cinema, and marriage (there’s a moving portrait of Pinto’s husband, a former heavy metal singer turned gentleman farmer). The artful compositions and dense sound design are ravishingly sensual, balancing out the narration’s intellectual rigor. In English and subtitled Portuguese.